The Final Countdown to Net Neutrality's Death Begins Today

Andrew Cummings
February 22, 2018

Until April 23, those who oppose the repeal won't stay silent as the attorney general of NY os suing the commission with support from more states and groups coming in.

Now that the new rules have officially been published, net neutrality supporters are able to mount a legal challenge against them. "The FCC is on the wrong side of history and the wrong side of the law and it deserves to have its handiwork revisited, reexamined, and ultimately reversed".


Once it goes into effect, the FCC's "Restoring Internet Freedom Order" will undo an Obama-era regulation that allowed the FCC to enforce net neutrality-a principle that required internet service providers not to discriminate against data. The White House Office of Management and Budget still must sign off on some aspects of the FCC reversal before it takes legal effect. U.S. Senate Democrats said in January they had the backing of 50 members of the 100-person chamber for repeal, leaving them just one vote short of a majority. Democrats need 51 votes to win any proposal in the Republican-controlled Senate because Vice President Mike Pence can break any tie.

A coalition of more than 20 state attorneys and several advocacy groups had already begun the process of challenging the FCC in court in previous weeks. The FCC voted to repeal the rules on December 14. Schneiderman has investigated the legitimacy of comments left during the FCC's public commenting period for the order and has reported to have found comments that have falsely used the personal information of people who did not post them.


Public Knowledge opposes Chairman Pai's deeply troubling break with nearly 20 years of bipartisan FCC support for the Open Internet, and even more radical abandonment of FCC broadband authority. Broadband providers like AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon support the FCC's repeal of the rules. If repealed, Americans could potentially see a pay-to-access system; that outcome would benefit the telecom industry while damaging popular internet companies such as Facebook or Google.


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